McLane: LeGarrette Blount “hasn’t exactly stood out” in camp
15 August 2017 Eagles News
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane noted that Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount “hasn’t exactly stood out” in camp as of late.
“LeGarrette Blount has never been characterized as a good practice player. His skill set just doesn’t shine as it would against another opponent. He missed practice when the Eagles had live short yardage and goal line drills, so we didn’t get to see him in those situations. But he hasn’t exactly stood out in any other way since returning,” Jeff McLane wrote.
While it’s still early and we’ve only had one preseason game, we probably haven’t seen the best of what Blount brings to the table. Some ,may have wanted to see more out of the Eagles ground game last week against the Packers, but the Eagles kept it plain vanilla with the play calling. Blount rushed for just 9 yards on 4 attempts against the packers, with Corey Clement leading the team in rushing with 13 yards on 7 attempts.
The ground game still remains a question mark going into the season, perhaps the Eagles will take a voltron-like approach with their running back committee. With different skill sets at Doug Pederson’s disposal, it’s Blount’s talents that they’ll look to take advantage of the most when the season starts.
Last season, Blount rushed for 1,161 yards with a league-best 18 rushing touchdowns in 2017; the Birds could rely on his services the most on short yardage situations. Look for the Eagles offense to sling the rock now that they have vertical weapons in the passing game, however, Blount could be the secret weapon in the red zone and down by the goal line.
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